Perhaps Scarlett had the right idea!
Fashions that we wear and fashions for the home have always gone hand in hand. We often see trends on the runway show up in our homes later. Whether it be color, texture or construction, haute couture has played a major role in our home decoration.
So next time you’re shopping for your home… Check out the runway!
When choosing your drapery accessories you don’t have to always go with the safe, typical option. Try using something that’s a bit more unusual. Peruse the plumbing isle of your hardware store for curtain rods. Go to a vintage store and find cool strands of beads or necklaces for tie backs, and don’t count out rope, carabiners, tack, and leather belts! The possibilities are endless. So next time you need a hardware solution for you draperies remember to think outside the box!
Whether you have a porch, a pergola or a full-blown cabana, outdoor living spaces are a wonderful place to relax and entertain.
Once you’ve given everything a good cleaning, and replaced plants that didn’t survive the winter (common around my house!), consider adding Outdoor Draperies. They can turn an over-exposed, sun-drenched porch into an intimate, cozy spot to eat dinner or curl up with a great read! Even simple panels add softness to an otherwise hard exterior space.
Remember – Be sure you select only outdoor-specific fabric that can take full sun, such as Sunbrella, which comes in a wide variety of colors, patterns and textures…even pretty sheers! And, take care that your hardware is weather-proof as well. Most companies can provide a clear weather-coat to their metal drapery hardware, or you can add it yourself.
Not sure where to start? Give us a call to set up a free consultation! For residential, call Maripat Powers at 512.784.8894. For commercial projects, call Joshua Powers at 512.799.4225.
Just the fact that there is a “color of the year” supports the idea that we should refresh our accent pieces frequently. These trendy colors can be added in a throw pillow, or a band on a window treatment. Pantone’s color of the year for 2015 is Marsala, an earthy warm tone that lends itself to a variety of tastes and design aesthetics.
According to Pantone, “the impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or as a strong accent to many other colors. Much like the fortified wine that gives Marsala its name, this tasteful hue embodies the satisfying richness of a fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots emanate a sophisticated, natural earthiness.”
Below are a few ideas for incorporating a touch of Marsala into your home.
Say NO to settling for too-short, flimsy, “afterthought” shower curtain treatments!
I was in a client’s home recently for a consult about custom window treatments in her guest room. She wanted something special, so her guests would feel pampered and comfortable. But when I asked her what she wanted to do for a shower curtain in the connected guest bath, she said “Oh, I thought I’d just pick something up at Target for that.”
Hmmm…not such a good plan! So we talked about how we could bring some cohesiveness to her guest suite by incorporating a custom shower curtain to the design plan. Merging beauty with practicality is the goal, and the results are phenomenal!
Here are some ideas for giving a custom design touch to an otherwise utilitarian space…
Are your window treatments outdated or tired-looking? Maybe you recently changed the color of the walls, and the draperies that once looked fine now appear to be nothing more than garage sale fodder! Before you lay them to rest, consider whether a resurrection might be possible.
There are lots of things that can be done to give new life to existing window treatments. Here are a few you might consider:
1. Give them a good cleaning! Try vacuuming, using a hose and brush attachment. It’s shocking to see how much dust can accumulate on drapes over time. If they are really soiled, have them professionally dry-cleaned.
2. Add a band (or two!) either horizontally or vertically, in a contrast fabric
3. Sew some trim along the leading edge. Flat Braid or Tassel Fringe looks beautiful in this application. Or consider a row of buttons to spice things up.
4. Update your hardware to something more substantial and interesting.
5. Add another layer for interest…a woven wood or cellular shade can provide contrast in both color and texture that translates to “new life” for your tired old drapes!